The Appeal Court sitting in Abuja on Monday reserved judgment in an appeal filed by the Peoples Democratic Party candidate in the April 11 governorship election in Taraba State, Darius Ishaku, against the nullification of his election as governor by a tribunal.
In a ruling yesterday, Justice Abdul Aboki said the court would announce a later date for the judgment in the appeal filed by Gov. Ishaku.
It would be recalled that Ishaku filed the appeal challenging the judgment of the Taraba Governorship Election Petition Tribunal on Nov. 7, which said he was not the validly nominated candidate of the PDP and awarded victory to Senator Aisha Alhassan of All Progressives Congress, APC, who was first runner-up in the governorship poll.
Gov. Ishaku, raised four grounds for the appeal though his counsel, Mr. Kanu Agabi (SAN).
He said the petition was not accompanied by valid statements as the respondents claimed that it was the fault of the registry.
Agabi said the respondents claimed that the election was marred with corruption yet claimed victory in the election.
He said the respondents also pleaded that Ishaku was not sponsored by the party but later agreed that his sponsorship was not supported by any fact.
He also pointed out that 51 witnesses of the appellant were not reviewed by the tribunal and urged their lordships to allow the appeal.
Counsels to the PDP and Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Messrs. Solo Akuma (SAN) and Joseph Daudu (SAN) respectively, urged the Appeal Court to allow Ishaku’s appeal.
However, counsel to the APC candidate, Mr Abiodun Owonikoko (SAN), filed a cross appeal, saying INEC had no right to clear a candidate for election.
Mr. Owonikoko also prayed the Appeal Court to dismiss Ishaku’s appeal and uphold the tribunal’s judgment declaring his client as winner of the election. (NAN)
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